“I am running to use my experience and my skills to create ‘all-Arlington’ solutions to challenges brought on by a popular and expanding public school system.”
Voicing his dedication to public service, longtime Arlington schools, County and neighborhood advocate Reid Goldstein announced his candidacy for the School Board.
Returning to the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s monthly meeting, Goldstein declared that the times demand experienced leadership on the Arlington School Board. Goldstein told enthusiastic Arlington Democrats that he is seeking their endorsement as their candidate for the General Election this fall.
Goldstein cited his experience working with the community to address a wide variety of issues. A recipient of the APS “Most Honored Citizen” award, Goldstein referred to his work on the school system’s Advisory Council on Instruction, and his work to help develop the APS Strategic Plan as leadership credentials.
A parent of two graduates of Arlington Public Schools, Goldstein stressed his leadership skills and broad experience in both the schools and Arlington County Government. Goldstein brings more than 20 years of experience in local issues and organizations. He has been chair of a middle school-high school parent-teacher organization, a member of multiple APS Advisory Committees and the County Council of PTAs, President of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, member of several County committees on affordable housing, as well as president of his neighborhood civic association.
Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D), endorsing Reid Goldstein’s campaign for the Arlington School Board, said, “At this time our community is addressing numerous critical APS issues. From rising school enrollment to long-term comprehensive planning to maintaining the quality facilities, programs, and high standards that our community has come to expect – I trust Reid Goldstein to fight for our students and teachers. With his extensive community and school experience, I know that Reid will be a leader on the School Board. He will help manage our school resources effectively and efficiently while continuing to further enrich Arlington’s school, community and neighborhood life.”
Community leader Mary Rouleau, announcing her support for Goldstein’s candidacy, said she knows he has the skills and personal abilities to help the Arlington Public Schools navigate a new era where the School Board and County Board must act jointly instead of in parallel. She cited his history of gathering data, developing decisions through consensus building and moving forward to implement successful plans. Goldstein has served, she said, on the Arlington County Citizens Advisory Commission on Housing, the Arlington Affordable Housing Task Force, the Arlington Sister City Association, while also being both a leader and member in parent-teacher associations at the elementary, middle and high school level.
Speaking to Arlington Democrats on Wednesday March 4, 2015, Goldstein said “As many of you recall, I ran for the School Board 7 years ago seeking the Arlington Democratic Committee’s endorsement in a crowded 6-way race. Since then I’ve stayed active in school issues and what I see unfolding is a new era of school and County relations. In this new era, the School Board and the County Board must continually collaborate and act jointly, instead of in parallel. The Joint CIP and the recent process over building a new elementary school on the Jefferson campus are a good start. But, as our school system continues to expand, APS will have to sit at the table and negotiate dollars, land uses, bond issues, play space, possibly developer proffers, and other issues with the County, which has its own ideas for those finite resources.”
Goldstein closed by saying “I am asking for your support tonight to help me achieve these goals – to assure that Arlington’s school system continues to be regarded as the single greatest positive feature defining an enviable and desirable Arlington community.” The Reid Goldstein for School Board campaign website is www.ReidGoldstein.com. His campaign can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
The Arlington County Democratic Committee will hold its “unassembled caucus” School Board endorsement on May 14 and May 16, 2015. Voting will be held on two days: Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm, at Drew Model School, 3500 South 23rd Street Arlington, VA 22206 and Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 11am to 7pm at W-L High School, 1301 N. Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201. The ACDC traditionally announces their endorsement after the votes are completely counted sometime after 7pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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